Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A New Blackwater in Libya?

The UK government has floated the idea of employing private security firms in Libya to help bolster revolutionary forces fighting the regime of Muammar Qaddafi.

Defense experts and military officials raised the idea after high-ranking NATO officials including Secretary General Andres Fogh Rasmussen admitted that “there is no military solution to the conflict in Libya,” and that the crisis should be settled through politics.

Western powers, including the US, Britain and France, which spearheaded attempts at the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya as part of resolution 1973, had from the beginning sought to topple the Qaddafi regime, but their calculations proved wrong after the forces inside the country they are supporting, failed to consolidate their grip on the positions they had captured from pro-Qaddafi troops.'


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